Formerly a medical scientist with the NHS, Glenis has a long term interest in health matters and is Labour’s Public Health spokesperson in the European Parliament.
She said “I want to use this visit to help inform debate in the European Parliament, where I am leading for my political group, the Socialists and Democrats, on the new EU Health for Growth programme.”
“I’ll be looking at programmes for breast, cervix and bowel cancers, the three cancers for which there are EU screening guidelines.
“Previous EU cancer programmes have shown real success in lowering rates of cancer. By working together we’ve raised the standards across Europe and saved the lives of thousands of people who, without screening, would not have found their cancer until it was too late.
“How screening is carried out in the UK is largely based on European guidelines which ensure that women can expect a similar level of care across the EU. The guidelines, which are agreed by the 27 EU governments, must be updated regularly to ensure they are based on the most up-to-date scientific data and best practices.